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10 Things I Regret Not Enjoying More During My First Pregnancy

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    Now that I've been pregnant three times, I realize how special the first time was. It's not that the products of my pregnancies aren't equally special. No! But many things about a first pregnancy can't be replicated.

    Take for instance, people's reactions to the news. Here's how the announcement that I was expecting for a third time was received:
    Me: I'm pregnant!
    Other people: Oh … again?
    Me: Yes! I'm growing a human being!
    Other people: Oh … again?

    Get it? So here's a list of 10 things I wish I'd enjoyed more when morning sickness was a novelty. If you are pregnant for the first time, embrace these things now!

    Trying for baby

    For some reason when my husband and I were young and naive, it was all so easy! There's just something about not knowing what the heck you're doing that makes getting pregnant a breeze.

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    Finding out I was pregnant

    All I felt was shock, pure shock, mixed with a feeling of terror. I didn't feel joy until later, which is something I truly regret.

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    Pregnancy reveal

    I basically just told people I was pregnant and didn't have enough fun with it. This third time I could have rented out a circus tent and spun plates on my baby bump, and no one would have been as excited as the first time human life inhabited my body.

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    Shopping for me 

    Since I'd wear my maternity clothes the next two times I was pregnant, I should have put more energy into this process. Instead, I bemoaned my changing body and dreamed about fitting back into my skinny jeans.

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    Shopping for baby

    I focused on how overwhelmed I felt instead of how much fun it could be to shop for mini washcloths, sweet-smelling lotions and strollers with as many gadgets as our car. Then by the second time, we already had everything so I didn't get to shop. Boo.

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    Resting

    After the first child, you never have the opportunity to take it easy again because another child is constantly underfoot. Oh, if only I could go back in time and relax on the sofa and watch full episodes of, well ANYTHING, without being interrupted. It's a pity I let the time pass me by.

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    Date nights

    Everyone told us during our first pregnancy that it would be our last time together as a couple, but we didn't truly take advantage of it. Please, if you are pregnant for the first time, I beg you to spend time with your partner now while you can!

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    Baby shower

    During my very over-the-top, elaborate shower, I didn't take it all in. I recall feeling bad that people were making such a fuss over me. But I never had a shower again after my first pregnancy. I should have reveled in each ducky wrapped gift, each mini quiche, and each moment.

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    Birth announcement

    Not wanting to call attention to myself, I sent out an announcement that was as simple as possible with my first born. Why didn't I go all out? After all, by the third baby, you don't bother with announcements.

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    My postpartum body

    After my first pregnancy, I had the easiest time losing weight. But I felt down about how I looked. If only I'd known what was to come!

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